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Long Profile of Housatonic Museum of Art in CT

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Established:

The Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Connecticut officially opened in 1967.

According to their website: "As an educational resource for both the College and the Community, the Housatonic Museum of Art is dedicated to the presentation, preservation and interpretation of objects of artistic or historic value."

"To further the College’s academic goals, the Museum will actively pursue the development and maintenance of its collections including paintings, sculptures, photographs and artifacts. The Museum collections are to provide a basis for its educational programs for students, faculty, staff and the public; for research and study by scholars, historians and curators; for special lectures and symposia; for exhibitions and for cultural and educational enrichment of the internal community and public-at-large."

History:

The Housatonic Museum of Art was established in 1967 to coincide with the opening of the Housatonic Community College.

As a teaching museum, it is also "a resource for a fine arts associate’s degree, a support for the graphic arts program and the general education program at the College, and as a resource for the students, faculty, and staff of the College as well as for the greater Bridgeport community."

Mission:

The Museum's mission according to their website: "The Housatonic Museum of Art is an expression of the serious commitment Housatonic Community College has made to the cultural enrichment of students, faculty, and staff through an introduction to original paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture."

"In addition, the Museum strives to introduce the greater Bridgeport area to the pleasures and challenges that result from experiencing original art. The Museum provides educational opportunities through the display of art throughout the building and in the galleries. The Museum also offers cultural enrichment programs to augment exhibitions in an effort to provide deeper understanding of the work to both the campus community and the entire region."

Location:

The Housatonic Museum of Art is located in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

It can be accessed via the Connecticut Turnpike, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway. Please refer to their website for directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of researching, restoring and preserving an artwork for future generations. Professional art conservators undergo rigorous training to learn this pain-staking craft.

When needed, the Housatonic Museum will bring in an outside art conservator to work on a piece.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired approximately 4,000 works of art.

The collection includes work by renowned artists such as "Durer, Rodin, Renoir, Picasso, Miro, Matisse, and Warhol, to name a few."

Noteworthy Facts:

The Museum has an online publication in PDF format titled "Writing About Art."

Employment Information:

The Housatonic Museum of Art posts job opportunities on the College's website, which may be available in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, marketing, public relations, and security so be sure to check the listings regularly.

How to Apply for a Job:

Please refer to the Museum's guidelines regarding employment, as you can apply online for a job via the College's human resources department. When a job opening is available, it is typically requested to submit your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum stating the position which you are applying.

Museum's Contact Info:

Housatonic Museum of Art, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT 06604. Tel: 203-332-5052

Housatonic Museum of Art's website

Museum Hours:

  • September - May:
  • Mondays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
  • June - July - August:
  • Mondays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays closed
  • Sundays closed
  • Closed Holidays

Please Note: The Museum and Gallery follow the calendar of Housatonic Community College.

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